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Friedrich Hölderlin (1770-1843) is now recognized as one of Europe´s supreme poets. He first found his true voice in the epigrams and odes he wrote when transfigured by his love for the wife of a rich banker. He later embarked on an extraordinarily ambitious sequence of hymns exploring cosmology and history, from mythological times to the discovery of America and his own era. The ´Canticles of Night´, by contrast, include enigmatic fragments in an unprecedented style, which anticipates the Symbolists and Surrealists. Together the works collected here show Hölderlin´s use of Classical and Christian imagery and his exploration of cosmology and history in an attempt to find meaning in an uncertain world.
Mary Oliver has been writing poetry for nearly five decades, and in that time she has become America´s foremost poetic voice on our experience of the physical world. This collection presents forty-two new poems-an entire volume in itself-along with works chosen by Oliver from six of the books she has published since New and Selected Poems, Volume One.
Understand, I am always trying to figure out what the soul is, and where hidden, and what shape- New and Selected Poems, Volume Two, an anthology of forty-two new poems-an entire volume in itself-and sixty-nine poems hand-picked by Mary Oliver from six of her last eight books, is a major addition to a career in poetry that has spanned nearly five decades. Now recognized as an unparalleled poet of the natural world, Mary Oliver writes with unmatched dexterity and a profound appreciation for the divergence and convergence of all living things. Mary Oliver is always searching for the soul of things. In poem after poem, her investigations go from the humble green bean that nourishes her and makes her wonder if ´´something/-I can´t name it-watches as I walk the/rows, accepting the gift of their lives/to assist mine´´ to the vast, untouchable bliss of ´´things you can´t reach./But you can reach out to them, and all day long./The wind, the bird flying away./The idea of God.´´ Oliver´s search grows and is informed by experience, meditation, perception, and discernment. And all the while, during her quest, she is constantly surprised and fortified by joy. This graceful volume, designed to be paired with New and Selected Poems, Volume One, includes new poems on birds, toads, flowers, insects, bodies of water, and the extraordinary experience of the everyday in our lives. In the words of Alicia Ostriker,´Mary Oliver moves by instinct, faith, and determination. She is among our finest poets, and still growing.´ In both the older and new poems, Mary Oliver is a poet at the height of her control of image and language.
Strikingly redesigned to accompany the publication of New and Selected Poems, Volume Two Praise for the poetry of Mary Oliver: ´´One of the astonishing aspects of Oliver´´s work is the consistency of tone over this long period. What changes is an increased focus on nature and an increased precision with language that has made her one of our very best poets . . . There is no complaint in Ms. Oliver´´s poetry, no whining, but neither is there the sense that life is in any way easy . . . These poems sustain us rather than divert us. Although few poets have fewer human beings in their poems than Mary Oliver, it is ironic that few poets also go so far to help us forward.´´ --Stephen Dobyns, New York Times Book Review ´´Mary Oliver´´s poetry is fine and deep; it reads like a blessing. Her special gift is to connect us with our sources in the natural world, its beauties and terrors and mysteries and consolations.´´ --Stanley Kunitz ´´One would have to reach back perhaps to [John] Clare or [Christopher] Smart to safely cite a parallel to Oliver´´s lyricism or radical purification and her unappeasable mania for signs and wonders.´´ --David Barber, Poetry ´´I have always thought of poems as my companions--and like companions, they accompany you wherever the journey (or the afternoon) might lead . . . My most recent companion has been Mary Oliver´´s The Leaf and the Cloud . . . It´´s a brilliant meditation, a walk through the natural world with one of our preeminent contemporary poets.´´ --Rita Dove, Washington Post
Percy Bysshe Shelley was one of the leading English Romantics and is critically regarded among the finest lyric poets in the English language. His major works include the long visionary poems ´´Prometheus Unbound´´ and ´´Adonais,´´ an elegy on the death of John Keats. His shorter, classic verses include ´´Ozymandias,´´ ´´To a Skylark,´´ ´´Mont Blanc,´´ and ´´Ode to the West Wind.´´ This comprehensive and informative new edition collects his best poetry and prose, revealing how his writings weave together the political, personal, visionary, and idealistic.
The spellbinding verse of one of the most distinctive poetic voices of the twentieth century C. P. Cavafy is one of the most singular and poignant voices of twentieth-century European poetry, conjuring a magical interior world through lyrical evocations of remembered passions, imagined monologues and dramatic retellings of his native Alexandria´s ancient past. Figures from antiquity speak with telling interruptions from the author in such poems as ´Anna Comnena´ and ´You did not understand´, while precise moments of history are seen with a sense of foreboding, as in ´Ides of March´, ´The God Abandoning Antony´ and ´Nero´s Deadline´. And in poems that draw on his own life and surroundings, Cavafy recalls illicit trysts or glimpses of beautiful young men in ´One Night´, ´I have gazed so much´ and ´The Café Entrance´, and creates exquisite miniatures of everyday life in ´An Old Man´ and ´Of the Shop´. Winner of the prestigious Harold Morton Landon Translation Award 2009. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Collects some of Wilde´s critical writings, which reveal his thoughts on literature, philosophy, society, and art, and includes such works as ´´The Portrait of Mr. W. H.,´´ ´´In Defense of Dorian Gray,´´ and reviews.